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Linux in the News - Monday
Linux in the News - Monday

"The time is now for Linux on the desktop."

Title of keynote address by Sam Docknevich, IBM Global Services group, 10 Nobember 2003
[at the Desktop Linux Conference today in Boston, MA]



"Linux is a rising star in the geeky back office of computing. Its gains have come as an operating system for the data-serving computers that run corporate networks and serve up Web pages. On the desktop, Microsoft's Windows still reigns supreme. But IBM and the Open Source Development Lab, whose membership includes Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and Intel, are beginning a drive to promote Linux as an alternative to Windows on the desktop."

New York Times article, 11 November 2003


"Novell is one of many victims of the Microsoft machine. Its networking operating system for file and print services, NetWare, once controlled more than 70 per cent of the market, but lost out to Windows in the mid-1990s and now has a measly 4 per cent. But thanks to the Linux operating system, it is hoping for a renaissance.

In August, Novell bought Ximian, a developer of Linux desktop software, for US$40 million. With SuSE it has the number two player (Red Hat is number one) in the Linux marketplace. The combination, plus high-end consulting services via Cambridge Technology Partners which it purchased several years ago, gives Novell a comprehensive set of Linux solutions geared for the corporate market.

In theory the new Novell could provide "best-of-breed" offerings in directory services, identity and resource management, system provisioning, and web application development. That sounds like a reasonable business. But even with its new acquisition, Novell remains a niche market player, and is likely to give the Microsoft juggernaut about as much trouble as a flea."

Chris Barton, writing in the The New Zealand Herald, 11 November 2003


"All those customers who thought Novell was gone can see that we're here - we're back.

Jack L. Messman, Novell CEO, quoted in The New York Times, 10 November 2003 


"Throughout the 5-year-old Microsoft antitrust case, one of the chief potential rivals to Windows' dominance cited in court arguments has been Linux. And that was true again this week, when opponents of the 2001 Bush administration settlement with Microsoft returned to appeal that ruling. The sole holdout state, Massachusetts, asked the court to impose remedies that it contends are needed to help Windows rivals, which essentially means Linux. The state, which was the first to seek action against Microsoft, wants the settlement to require the Microsoft Office suite to be ported to Linux.

'In today's environment, Office is the (key) to the barrier of entry for commercial users,' said Steven Kuny, the attorney representing Massachusetts at a U.S. Court of Appeals hearing last week on the settlement.

That's not all Massachusetts wants. Its remedy proposal would also require an open-source version of Internet Explorer, as well as provisions to ensure that Windows includes Java. Two trade groups, the Computer & Communications Industry Association and the Software & Information Industry Association, which represent Microsoft's competitors, are also challenging the settlement."

Patrick Thibodeau, reporting in TechWorld, 10 November 2003

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